Four giant breakwaters arrive in Fort for new marina

One of the breakwaters is offloaded by crane after arriving in Fort William last week. Photograph: FWMSC. NO F04 breakwater 01
One of the breakwaters is offloaded by crane after arriving in Fort William last week. Photograph: FWMSC. NO F04 breakwater 01

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Fort William Marina and Shoreline Company Limited has taken delivery of four secondhand massive concrete breakwaters.

The giant, barnacle-encrusted structures, arrived last week and will form the north part of the area being developed to extend the existing Fort William pontoons and become a marina.

A crane unloads one of the giant breakwaters at Fort William. Photograph: FWMSC.

Company secretary Sarah Kennedy told the Lochaber Times that once the coronavirus lockdown is over, the breakwaters will allow nautical visitors to stay alongside for a few days, enjoy the area’s attractions, spend money in the town and then continue their travels.

‘James Kennedy is busy cleaning the dead mussels, limpets and barnacles off them and will carry out the few minor repairs to get them ready for putting back into the water,’ Mrs Kennedy explained.

James Kennedy gets to work removing barnacles from one of the breakwaters. Photograph: FWMSC.

‘We are continuing with securing all the licences that are necessary for the project and aim to have the dredging works carried out in the spring.

‘We are going to be carrying out this extension to the pontoons in various phases so it is more achievable.  A huge thank you to the volunteers who are persevering with this project which will be a great addition to Fort William and the local area.

‘This is a huge milestone for the project and we are very grateful to Coastworks for making this possible.’